logical (mathematical) learning style
If you use the logical style, you like using
your brain for logical and mathematical
reasoning. You can recognize patterns
easily, as well as connections between
seemingly meaningless content. This also
leads you to classify and group information
to help you learn or understand it.
You work well with numbers and you can
perform complex calculations. You remember
the basics of trigonometry and algebra, and
you can do moderately complex calculations
in your head.
You typically work through problems and
issues in a systematic way, and you like to
create procedures for future use. You are
happy setting numerical targets and budgets,
and you track your progress towards these.
You like creating agendas, itineraries, and
to-do lists, and you typically number and
rank them before putting them into action.
Your scientific approach to thinking means
you often support your points with logical
examples or statistics. You pick up logic
flaws in other peoples words, writing or
actions, and you may point these out to
people (not always to everyone’s amusement).
You like working out strategies and using
simulation. You may like games such as
brainteasers, backgammon, and chess. You may
also like PC games such as Dune II,
Starcraft, Age of Empires, Sid Meier games
Learning and techniques
If you are a logical learner, aim to understand the
reasons behind your content and skills. Don’t just rote
learn. Understanding more detail behind your compulsory
content helps you memorize and learn the material that
you need to know. Explore the links between various
systems, and note them down.
While you study, create and use lists by extracting key
points from your material. You may also want to use
statistics and other analysis to help you identify areas
you may want to concentrate on.
Pay attention to your physical state, for example your
breathing and stress level. It’s possible that you
isolate your own body from your rational thought.
Remember that you are just as much a part of the
“system” as any equipment you may be using.
Also remember that association often works well when it
is illogical and irrational. It doesn’t matter how
logical two items are together. You have a better chance
of recalling them later if you have make the association
illogical. Your brain may protest at first!
In your scripting though, highlight logical thoughts and
behaviors. Highlight your ability to pick up systems and
procedures easily, and that you can detect when you need
to change a set procedure.
Make use of “systems thinking” to help understand the
links between various parts of a system. An important
point here is that systems thinking helps you understand
the bigger picture. Often the whole is greater than the
sum of the parts. For example, you may understand the
individual aircraft systems and flight surfaces, but you
may not have a view of how all those systems support
flight in equilibrium. Systems diagrams can help you
gain that understanding.
You may find it challenging to change existing behaviors
or habits. You can rationalize all you want to about why
you should change a behavior, but you may find it
persists. Try the shunt technique to understand what
behavior you currently have and what behavior you want
to have. When you understand those behaviors, use the
technique to divert from the old behavior to the new.
You may sometimes overanalyze certain parts of your
learning or training. This can lead to analysis
paralysis. You may be busy, but not moving towards your
goal. If you find you are overanalyzing which school to
start with, or you are over-planning your course maps,
stop and refocus on activities that move you forward.
Consider how much “bang for buck” you get from spending
more time than necessary. Measure your activities by
your speed towards your goal. Planning exactly how much
time to spend on each chapter of theory doesn’t help
learn it anywhere near as fast as starting on the
If you often focus from analysis paralysis, write “Do It
Now” in big letters on some signs or post-it notes.
Place them in strategic places around your work or study
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